The Great Wall of China is actually called the “Long Wall” in Chinese. Which is an apt name as it stretches 5,500 miles (8,851 km) across the northern part of the country. This section is near Beijing (click on the photo for a much better view).
But words are things, and a small drop of ink,
Falling, like dew, upon a thought produces
That which makes thousands, perhaps millions think.
― George Gordon Byron
It’s exciting to write a book, get it published and hand the finished product to someone. It’s humbling when you start to notice the mistakes. I’ve only seen two so far in my book GO. One is some crunched up text, while the other is a bit more problematic.
In one of the latter chapters I tell the story of a former missionary named William Borden. Except that I refer to him as Henry Borden. The story is true and all the facts are correct, but his name is William, not Henry. I’m not sure why, after doing the research and reading about Borden’s life that I never noticed the mistake. He’s long dead, so I don’t think he’ll mind, but the name is wrong.
Isn’t that how life goes? I love this quote from the narrator of one of my favorite movies, A Christmas Story; Sometimes, at the height of our revelries, when our joy is at it’s zenith, when all is most right with the world, the most unthinkable disasters descend upon us.
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Jesus went on from there and walked beside the Sea of Galilee. And he went up on the mountain and sat down there. And great crowds came to him, bringing with them the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute, and many others, and they put them at his feet, and he healed them, so that the crowd wondered, when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled healthy, the lame walking, and the blind seeing. And they glorified the God of Israel. – Matthew 15:29-31
The response of the crowd tells you something about Jesus. This crowd watched Jesus display his power, his ability to heal and his overwhelming kindness to those in need. Their response? Awe and wonder and praise to God above. Like Disneyland to a 6-year old. Think of the joy infusing this mass of humanity as formerly hurting, desperate people strode forth in health and vigor. Think of what it would have been like to sit and watch. Person after person, the next case worse than the last. Jesus heals and the crowd’s awe-response grows and grows. Wonder if people cheered?
Then, to top it all off, Jesus miraculously feeds everyone before sending them home. All you can eat, with plenty left over!
If I could pick a day to go back in time and see Jesus at work, I’d be hard pressed to pick a day different than this one. Thankfully, Jesus is still generous with us, still available, still healing and feeding us. All good things come from his hand. Maybe we should cheer?
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Picture it. A handful of his followers, mostly uneducated, certainly not powerful or wealthy or well connected, sitting on a hill in a subjugated country at the edge of the Roman Empire. Jesus gives them an audacious goal, a great commission that will consume their lives. Jesus tells them to go and make disciples of all the nations. So what do they do? They go…
GO – reflections on the Lordship of Christ, the Great Commission, and a life of adventure and eternal significance.
The view of the Acropolis from Mars Hill, site of Paul’s famous sermon in Acts 17. As he revealed the truth about Jesus, “the unknown god,” to the Athenians, they would have been gazing at the temples atop this hill. Some scoffed, some questioned, some believed, all in the most cosmopolitan city in the world.
William Wilberforce gives me hope. I’ve seen the movie but I’d never read the book – what a story! Evil can be defeated when good people believe and act. Wilberforce pursued the abolition of the slave trade in the British Empire for years and years. He pursued this change politically, using his position in parliament, all the while spurred on by his Christian faith.
Wilberforce enlisted others in the cause. He endured painful defeats, ongoing ridicule and merciless scorn. For years he pursued the fight when no one appeared to be listening. Finally, in the last days of his life, his bill passed and slavery was abolished. It seems that the Lord graciously let him live long enough to see the victory.
This is a compelling book about faith and friendship, as well as about fighting institutional evil and remaining resolute despite years of setbacks. The church needs many young “Wilberforces” today and this book will encourage you in that direction.
Weibo is China’s version of Twitter and has some interesting and encouraging search results. This infographic compares the interest in Christian ideas versus Communist ones. This data is from just one day and you can see how much more intrigued the Chinese are with mentioning God (over 150 million times) instead of Mao Zedong (around 9 million).
Click on the image for a clearer look.
The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
Edmund Burke – Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher
What will you do?